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This artwork is from Debbie Mackinnon's joint exhibition with Mike Staniford titled Encounter: Two Artists, One Journey.

In the far reaches of the Tasmanian wilderness, Debbie Mackinnon and Mike Staniford unearthed nature’s most awe-inspiring secrets. Here, amidst glorious colour palettes, spectacular skies, and the freshest air in Australia, they immersed themselves in the untamed beauty of these remote landscapes, each interpreting what they saw through their unique artistic lenses. Debbie and Mike are not only life partners but creative collaborators, travelling and working side-by-side. Their conversations with each other and with the landscape led to a multitude of studies and drawings made en plein air. Back in their Sydney studios, they utilised these field notes to create larger works on canvas, panel and paper. Their distinctive bodies of work reveal two very different interpretations of the same journey through Tasmania, epitomising the immortal words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “the landscape belongs to the person who looks at it”.

During her travels through Tasmania, Debbie was most inspired by the coast. She spent time observing the ebbs and flows of the tide; the changing light over grand, orange rock formation; the brilliant acqua of the ocean against turbulent, stormy skies. She responded intuitively, creating numerous fast-paced studies on location. As always, her sketchbook was an essential travel companion which she used to record her surroundings. To create the final paintings she utilised acrylic in a multi-layered technique, also embedding elements of collage and mono-prints made on site. The resulting works are energetic and tactile, celebrating both the landscape and the art-making process.

Artwork location: Hobart



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